Aylesbury & District Provincial Grand Lodge
On behalf of the Aylesbury & District Provincial Grand Primo, we welcome you to the
Aylesbury & District PGL Web Site,
we hope you enjoy your visit,
and invite you to visit our Guestbook before you leave.
1st January 2012 became our 90 anniversary
To learn more about us, just read the Introduction to Buffaloism below
An Introduction to Buffaloism as practiced by the R.A.O.B. Grand Lodge of England
The Royal Antediluvian
Order of Buffaloes is a Philanthropic Organisation which is active, not
only in its local community, but, at all levels of Society. It is
non-political, nor does it look to religion to inspire participation. It
does, however, inspire members to commit to a peaceful and meaningful
way of life. It is often described as an extended family, a social
organisation or a mutually supportive group of like minded people; each
true in its own way, they do not adequately describe the true picture;
that is painted on a much larger canvas.
There are a number of
sections or “banners” of the R.A.O.B. and whilst they differ in
numerical strength and procedures, described as “the pursuit of
We are the Grand Lodge of
This is not a literary
composition on the origin and development of the R.A.O.B., however to be
able to understand the Order we must first look at how it has progressed
in the time it has been in existence.
The origins of the Order
were in the theatrical fraternity of the 1820’s. It was, it seems, born
out of the need for social activity. As time went on the Order grew and
spread becoming active in philanthropic works. It opened orphanages,
readily took its place in the community and accepted its
responsibilities towards the needs of its members. All the fascinating
history of the Order is freely available to anyone who is interested.
The advent of the National
Health Service and cradle to grave care ended the need for the
orphanages and the Order underwent a fundamental change to become the
organisation it is today. The combination of providing support and care
for our members and taking part in the wider life of the community at
large has evolved throughout the Order.
There are three main
levels within the Order.
The Minor Lodge
The Minor Lodge is the
cornerstone around which the Order is built. First and foremost we are
all members of our own Minor Lodge. Brothers can, if they wish, belong
to more than one Lodge; all Brothers must be part of a Lodge. The
majority of Lodges meet weekly, though some meet fortnightly or monthly
if needs dictate. Each Minor Lodge supports its members and the
community at a local level.
The Provincial Grand Lodge
The Provincial Grand Lodge
collectively administers a group of lodges known as a Province. Members
who have chosen to be active at this level and have proven their
knowledge of the rules and procedures attend the P.G.L. to carry this
out. P.G.L. meets once a month.
The Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge is made up of
delegates from Provincial Grand Lodges and administers the Order
nationally. Grand Lodge runs and maintains the Convalescent Homes owned
by the Order and supports the community as a whole.
The degree of
participation at any level is entirely voluntary and at the discretion
of each individual Brother. Many do confine their activities to their
own Minor Lodge and do not seek advancement. There is no stigma attached
to anyone who does not wish to become active at Provincial Grand Lodge
or Grand Lodge.
The provision of care and
support for our members works hand in glove with our support for local,
regional and national charities.
The image we would wish to
present is of a group, who, by their works, encourage members of the
community to lead satisfying and enjoyable lives and who provide our
members with a sense of belonging. Tangible assistance is provided when
needed. Importantly this support is not dependent on what an individual
puts in rather by what is needed.
The R.A.O.B. as all levels
supports its community and, through its charitable works, raises many
millions of pounds for most worthwhile causes, far too many to list, all
chosen by the membership locally, regionally or nationally.
The range of charities we
support is very wide as are the internal funds we have for use for our
members in times of difficulty or need.
The support we provide for our own lodge members and their families is augmented by a comprehensive range of benevolent funds administered by Grand Lodge and includes educational grants. We are particularly proud of the system which has been established to provide care for widows with young children. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions they receive birthday and Christmas gifts, family holidays, pocket money and savings. In short we do our best to fill the material gap left by the husband and father they have lost. As long as the need exists our assistance continues.
We are not a secret
organisation, our rules and ceremonies are in the public domain. Our
Order is steeped in history, much more information is available but to
go in too deep at this stage would only serve to confuse.
Membership is for life and
members can be as active as they wish at whichever level they choose.
All that is required is that you are a member of a Lodge, further
progress is in the hands of the individual as is the frequency of his
attendance in his Lodge.
The Grand Lodge of England
owns two homes, one in Harrogate the other in
Paignton. There we provide facilities for Brothers and their
families when there is need for a period of recovery and support. We are
very proud of both.
The key words or Hallmarks
of our Order are JUSTICE, TRUTH and PHILANTHROPY. These are noble
sentiments and we strive to work towards a better understanding of the
needs of our community. By encouraging our members to lead active and
useful lives we believe we can influence others and show that, by
following our philosophy, society can grow and improve.
The principle aims of the
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes are:
If this has left you with the desire for further information we are more than willing to discuss and answer any questions you may have.
Please contact the Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro Timothy J. Henshawon 07722 127 481, who will be delighted to give you any information that you require.
Provincial Grand Secretary
Bro Timothy J Henshaw ROH GAJ2010
Telephone No. 01296 330659 [M] 07722127481
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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